Ultracet

(tramadol / acetaminophen)

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Relieves acute pain.

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Prescription opioids are used to treat several kinds of pain - but they carry significant risks, including addiction. Learn more about these drugs and be sure to discuss the risks with your doctor.

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Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen) effectively relieves pain, but can only be used for up to 5 days and isn't a first-choice.

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Quick facts about Ultracet
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (tramadol / acetaminophen)

Upsides

  • Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen) effectively relieves pain in the short-term.
  • Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen) is a combination pain reliever containing two pain medicines that work better together for pain control.
  • Has a lower chance of causing breathing problems compared to other stronger opioid pain medicines.
  • Doesn't cause as much constipation compared to other opioid pain medicines.
  • Generic available making it more affordable.
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Downsides

  • Only used for short-term treatment of pain.
  • Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen) has a risk of addiction and abuse.
  • Shouldn't be used in people with liver damage.
  • While taking Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen), you need to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen you are taking to avoid liver damage.
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How it works

Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen) is a opiate-based combination pain reliever containing tramadol and acetaminophen that works in the brain to decrease perception of pain.

Quick facts about Ultracet
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (tramadol / acetaminophen)

Used for

  • Pain
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen) for Pain

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  • Possible side effects
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Increased sweating
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
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Side effect rates for Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen)

From 142 clinical trials of Ultracet when taken for null (pain)
  • Constipation
    6%6%
  • Drowsiness
    6%6%
  • Increased sweating
    4%4%
  • Diarrhea
    3%3%
  • Nausea
    3%3%
  • Loss of appetite
    3%3%
  • Dizziness
    3%3%
  • Dry mouth
    2%2%
  • Trouble sleeping
    2%2%
  • Itchiness
    2%2%
  • Prostatic disorder
    2%2%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Ultracet.

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Risks and Warnings for Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Long-term use
    • History of substance abuse

    Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen) has a high potential for abuse, misuse, or addiction, which can lead to overdose and death. Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen) isn't approved for use for longer than 5 days. Swallow Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen) whole, and only take the prescribed amount. Talk to your doctor if this concerns you.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen)

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Pain
  • Only used for short-term treatment of pain.
Sleep
  • Ultracet (tramadol / acetaminophen) can cause extreme drowsiness. Avoid driving or other tasks that require you to be alert until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Don't take with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness, as this can cause dangerous effects. Talk to your doctor or local pharmacist about the medicines you are taking.